RF front end and SDR module pair up to create development kit

11th May 2023
Mick Elliott

Richardson RFPD has announced availability and full design support capabilities for RadioCarbon, a standalone RF front end.

The RadioCarbon RFFE becomes a development kit when paired with the BytePipe software-defined radio system on module.

RadioCarbon is designed to dramatically accelerate design efforts, including proof-of-concept, prototyping and evaluations.

The RFFE utilises Wolfspeed’s GaN on SiC technology for a highly efficient and robust transmit channel. The development kit adds NextGen RF Design’s BytePipe SDR SoM, which includes Analog Devices’ ADRV9002, a highly integrated RF transceiver offering dual channel transmitters and dual channel receivers, integrated synthesisers, and digital signal processing functions.

RadioCarbon can accommodate multiple use cases. The standalone RFFE is ideal for integrating a separate radio with digital pre-distortion. The SDR development kit pairs the RFFE with a radio module for a complete SDR with high-power transmitter and DPD.

Additional key benefits include:

  • Functional hardware to quickly prove concepts and develop waveforms,
  • Licensable design files that customers can reuse for product implementation, and
  • Availability of third-party support to create a customised module.

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